Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 5

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The Galaxy Note 7 is Samsung’s 2016 flagship for the Galaxy Note series. The previous flagship, the Galaxy Note 5, is an older and a less sophisticated model when compared to the new Note 7 was launched in August. There isn’t a Note 6, notably, as Samsung has streamlined branding for its Galaxy series. The Note 7 and its predecessor have some similarities but there are also some obvious differences.

Design and display

While the Note 5 had an S Pen Stylus, the Note 7 also has one and it is improved and better than ever. The Note 7 is also rumored to be a dual edge phablet, veering from the Note’s smooth surface flat design that is evident in the Note 5. The Note 7 further puts itself over the edge as compared to the Note 5 as it has an IP68 water and dust proof feature which has been a long time coming. This feature is similar to that of the S7 and S7 edge and is a favorite with many users as water and dust damages are no longer a problem when it comes to the newest Samsung devices. This feature was not available in the Note 5.

The Galaxy Note 7 is also expected to have a fingerprint sensor and an iris scanner of which the latter is a new feature that was not present in the Note 5. This makes payments even more secure and has so far augured well with users of 2016 flagships such as the S7 and the S7 Edge.

When it comes to the display, some rumors place the screen at 5.7 inches, similar to that of the Note 5 while others place the screen at 5.8 inches. While the former assumption would have the two phablets similar in size, the latter would mean that the Note 7 has lesser pixel density at about 508ppi because of the larger screen. This is not noticeable to the human eye so it would not be a problem either.

Camera, Battery and Processor

The Galaxy Note 5 had a 16 MP back camera and a 5 MP front-facing camera with f/1.9 aperture which is a prerequisite for great photos. The Note 7 is expected to have 12 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front-facing one but with a f/1.7 aperture. While the resolution may have become less, the quality of photos in low light environments has been improved through the improved aperture. In addition to this, the Note 7 is expected to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 processor as opposed to the Note 5’s Exynos processor.

It is also rumored to have 4200, 4000 or 3600 mAh battery capacity which is much bigger than the Note 5’s 3000 mAh. Battery power is important to users as a long battery life is synonymous with content customers. The Note 7 further spots a 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory storage with an expandable slot which is different from the Note 5’s 4 GB RAM and 32 and 64 GB variants of internal memory.

Conclusion

The Note 7 is definitely a step up from the Note 5. It is worth upgrading to this latest flagship expected in August 2016.

UPDATE: The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was launched on August 2.

Samsung Galaxy S7 – A disappointment?

Samsung Galaxy S7 – A disappointment?

Samsung always releases some new flagships every year at the MWC. This year was no different as the Korean company finally unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge which have been circulating the internet from last year. The rumors had hit an all time peak and the release of the flagship came at the right time. It has come with a number of killer features that are getting raves.

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Great features

The battery life of the S7 is at 3000 mAh. This is a step up from the cell that was in the S6. It gives the user more talk time, more juice to access different features and applications without worrying about running out of power and the freedom not to carry an extra battery pack as insurance that the charge will not run out within the day.

The S7 also comes in a waterproof form. It is a great feature that has one of the highest ratings. It can survive half an hour in a shallow pool of water without any damages. Of course you have to wait for it to dry off before connecting it to a charging cable. But you can also use wireless charge it which makes it even better! Can you imagine being able to watch movies in the shower or even using the phone by the pool without worrying about impending danger through submersion?

Let Downs

The S7 has also come with a number of disappointments. The first is the non-removable battery. Sure, there has been an addition in cell power, but people want to carry an extra pack around in case of anything. The ability to remove the battery also helps batteries last longer because they are not charged too much. The non-removable battery is a by-product of the beautiful metal casing and the awesome design. However, most users would prefer to have both, which the S7 does not.

Quick Charge 2.0 is also a disappointment. Why would Samsung use the 2.0 when there is the latest technology in 3.0 which is faster and more efficient? It makes the users feel as if Samsung just threw in the wireless charge feature but was not willing to go the extra mile to improve it.

To add to the disappointments, Samsung has the USB port 2.0 which makes the transfer of files super slow. Well, it could be slower, but that does not negate the fact that Samsung could have looked into having the Type-C port that is being perfected by Google. This would have made transfer of files to PC and other devices faster. Who does not want a faster device?

Conclusion

In as much as the S7 is a great step-up from the S6, Samsung could have done a better job to make users even happier through improved features. On the bright side, it is the newest in the market and is worth the buy although it is quite expensive. We can only hope that Samsung will step up with the next flagship.

Top 10 Cases For Samsung Galaxy S4

Top 10 Cases For Samsung Galaxy S4

A case is more than just an accessory. It is a necessary tool that protects your phone from bumps, scratches and even breakage. When you buy yourself a Samsung Galaxy S4, you use quite a pretty penny to get the awesome display that is HD, the smooth performance and the great camera. It is therefore natural to look for the different ways to ensure that the phone is kept in perfect condition. One of these ways is by buying a phone case. The top ten cases to buy the Samsung Galaxy S4 are:

The Incipio Atlas Case

 

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It comes in pink, white, black and grey colors. It is available on Amazon at $90. The case provides four layers of protection for your handset. It is dust and waterproof up to 2 meters for thirty minutes. It may be bulky but it is stylish. With the polycarbonate, silicon, TPU mix and a tempered glass, it protects your phone when dropped and helps keep it intact.

 

PureGear FabFolio Case

 

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This case has card slots and a money pocket on the inside. It costs $30 on Amazon and has a magnetic closure seeing as it is a flip case. It has cut-outs so you can use the phone without removing it. You can also fold it for use when the phone is on landscape mode. This acts as a stand.

 

Urban Armor Gear Outland Case

 

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For $35 on Amazon, this case provides an industrial design and stands out because the colors are set in contrasting tones. It is attractive and combines a tough exterior with a soft core that absorbs shock so the S4 is protected from falls and drops. It has a transparent variety and other colors to choose from.

 

Zero Lemon Battery Case

 

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This bulky case also acts as a battery case, adding an extra 7500mAh for your Galaxy S4. It is a mixture of TPU and hard plastics so it can handle bumps and falls thus protecting the phone. It is available on Amazon and costs $40.

 

Tech21 Impact Mesh Case

 

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The case is made of flexible TPU and a special D30 lining. It protects against the impact due to bumps and falls and is available on Amazon. The case goes for $35 and is smooth and comfortable to hold. It has cut-outs for all the features.

 

TYLT Energi Case

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It is available on Amazon and costs $80. It is a battery case that allows you to slide off the battery when it is not in use. It has the added advantage that it does not block NFC and comes in blue, red and lime green colors for buyers to choose from.

 

Trident Kraken A.M.S Case

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At $22 the case is available on Amazon. It protects from different elements, falls and bumps. It has a screen protector and a kickstand at the back that acts as a stand when the S4 is in landscape mode.

 

Lifeproof Fre Case

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The case is waterproof up to 2 meters. It is snow, shock and dust proof and is available for $80 on Amazon. It is fairly slim for the protection it offers the S4.

 

Cygnett Black Leather Case

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This case is made of genuine leather and has all the cut-outs for all the features. It is classy and provides an executive look. It is available on Amazon and goes for $40.

 

Mophie Juice Pack

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It costs $100. This is quite expensive but the battery case adds an extra 2300mAh battery. It is comfortable to hold but quite heavy. It is available on Amazon.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Vs. Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S7 Vs. Galaxy S6

The Samsung Galaxy S series is Samsung’s answer to the flagship iPhone, and the initial versions of the Galaxy S smartphones had seen tremendous success among buyers. However, the last few versions, especially the Samsung Galaxy S6, failed to live up to the expectations due to a wide variety of reasons. Samsung has taken it upon themselves to return the Galaxy S6 to the top of the echelon, and we can see a host of new features on the Galaxy S7 when compared to the Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S7 is expected to be launched during April of 2016.

The Exterior

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The exterior shell of the new Galaxy S7 may be largely unaffected from the S6 series, but we may see a slight improvement in the quality of materials used. Buyers are more concerned about the form factor, which will entice Samsung to use exotic materials to stand apart from the S6 model.

The Screen

According to a leaked internal company presentation, Samsung is gearing up to offer two screen sizes and four versions of the Galaxy S7. This will include the regular S7, S7+, and the S7 Edge, and S7 Edge+ models. Expect the screen sizes to measure at 5.2 inches and 5.5 inches for the regular and plus models respectively. A curved screen option is also expected, especially in the Edge models.

Samsung might also improve the display to incorporate a Force Touch feature to the existing Super AMOLED qHD screen. The resolution will remain similar to the S6 model, and will feature a 1440X2560 display.

Performance

As with all Samsung Galaxy smartphones, we do expect a significant improvement in the performance with the introduction of a new model. The Cortex-A53 & A57 CPU in the S6 will be replaced by the Snapdragon 820 CPU in the S7, and the RAM is also expected to be increased to 4GB in the S7 from the existing 3GB in the S6. Samsung might introduce a micro SD card option in the S7, especially if the phone comes with a 32 GB internal storage option, but that is debatable.

Camera

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Samsung is rumoured to follow Apple’s footsteps by decreasing the megapixels to 12MP in the S7 from the prevalent 16MP in the S6. This is done to reduce file size and increase the overall quality of the images. The aperture ratio will be reduced to f/1.7 in the S7 from f/2.2 available in the S6 model, which makes it more efficient in low-light conditions and while capturing moving objects.

Battery

Samsung Galaxy S7 will feature larger batteries when compared to the S6 model, which will increase the thickness of the phone slightly. However, the advantage is that the phone will have more battery backup.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 will offer a lot of features when compared to S6 version, and might even have a water-resistant feature. The entire world is looking forward to the launch to see what Samsung has in store for its consumers worldwide. Expect a premium for the S7 model over the S6 in terms of price, as Samsung is known to increase the price of their models with every new launch.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Review

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Review

Samsung has always done better in the middle range smartphones. There are lots of phones in the international market that are available for around $200 and Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is one of them. Samsung tries to get the middle range customers with some exciting features and this phone is a same attempt from the South Korean giant.

Design

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Samsung has been very stubborn when it comes to design and the dull looking design of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is nothing different. The design is pretty straightforward and resembles other Samsung Galaxy designs. However, the manufacturer has ensured that it gets the better look and feel and it does not look cheap.

Display

This is something very important and Samsung has done good job since beginning with the display. The 5 inches display with 540*960 resolution fairs good within the price range. The brightness of the phone is quite convincing and the pixel density of 220 ppi is also good enough for the phone.

Hardware

The hardware of the phone defines the performance and Samsung has tried to equip good hardware with Galaxy Grand Prime. The quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor is quite fast and effective. However, the 1 GB of RAM may disappoint some people. The graphics look good with Adreno 306 GPU for Prime. The phone comes with 8 GB of internal storage but Samsung provides the microSD card slot to extend the storage of the device. The overall hardware looks impressive but lack of storage and RAM may slow down the device in longer run.

Camera

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Samsung is known for the high quality camera. However, nothing special has been delivered with Galaxy Grand Prime. The phone has been given an elementary 8 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera. The image quality is moderate and noise can be observed in low light. There is no wow factor in the camera but it is good for an entry level smartphone. The response time and features are also satisfactory for mid-range smartphone. It has the 1080p video recording, but the performance may not be up to the mark considering the hardware and features of the phone.

Battery Performance

This has become one of the important aspects in modern day smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime has good battery performance with some special modes to save the battery and extend the performance as well. The phone is based upon 2600 mAh battery. The average battery life of the phone is around 6 hours 30 minutes and that looks quite satisfactory.

Other features

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime fairs good in overall features. The audio quality and the connectivity is pretty good for the mid-range smartphone.

Cost

The cost of the phone is around $200. The phone looks good for this price range. However, one can always look for some better options and compare with other smartphones in the same price range.

If your budget is less than $200, then you consider to buy cheaper Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime locked to a specific network. Afterwards, you can unlock it at the cost of a few dollars using an online unlocking platform like https://www.unlockscope.com/unlock-samsung-galaxy-grand-prime-060712

The performance is good for the phone but it cannot be termed as super smartphone in the mid-range from Samsung.

 

Useful tips for Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Useful tips for Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung made sure that Phablet enters the market with Samsung Galaxy Note 5. However, it is not only known as the game-changer for smartphone industry but also for the high performance. This comes with loaded features and a wide range of availability for the users as well. However, you can explore the phone and find out many tips and tricks to use the phone even more effectively. Here are some important tips for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

1. My Phone My Screen

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comes with default themes and wallpapers. However, you can always get more and customize the screen as you want. All you have to do is to tap the screen twice at a blank space in the home page. It will directly reflect the customization options at the bottom of the screen. You can add widgets; change the theme, app icons, change fonts and many more. After all, that will be your phone, you must customize the screen.

2. Use functions quickly

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Every user will have some or the other apps that they will use frequently and thus there is no point in wasting time in it. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 gives you the Notification shade and click on Edit options. You can select as much as 9 options for the use.

3. Use Camera in a shot

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Sometimes, we do not get enough time for a perfect shot. It is therefore very much important that we can launch the camera as soon as possible. The Galaxy Note 5 gives you the using your camera app in a flash. All you have to do is to double tap the home button and the camera will be opened. It does not matter even when your screen is locked, you can take the perfect shot within seconds just by double tapping the Home Button.

4.Split the Screen

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has 5.7 inches screen and that makes it huge. However, you can always open two apps at the screen by splitting. You can hold the multitasking button and it will ask for the apps that you want to split.

5.Take the screenshot

The traditional method of power and home button for screen capture is also present at Galaxy Note 5. However, if you select the Palm Swipe to Capture in the Motions and Gestures in Settings, then you can capture the screen with the swipe of your palm.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is an excellent phone and is considered one of the best in the industry for future products.